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Chris Ashton: A Troubled Talent

BARNET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Chris Ashton of Saracens looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on September 17, 2016 in Barnet, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The curious case of Chris Ashton has been splashed all over the back pages this week as the Saracens and England winger has been banned yet again, this time for biting Northampton Saints prop Alex Waller. Ashton will now serve another 13 weeks away from the rugby pitch, after missing 10 weeks of the season last year for gouging Ulster …

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Ireland’s Five Most Important Players For The 2016/17 Season

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 12: Ireland players line up for the national anthem prior to the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva Stadium on March 12, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

This is a big year for Irish rugby. The autumn internationals are on the horizon and preparing to do battle with Ireland are: New Zealand (twice), Canada and Australia. Although the Canada match should be straightforward for Joe Schmidt, the other three games are anything but that. New Zealand are proving that the loss of over 600 caps doesn’t bother …

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Frank Quinn Column: Stuart Lancaster’s Appointment Leaves Too Many Unanswered Questions

Leinster surprised the rugby public when they appointed Stuart Lancaster as senior coach this week. Last season Leinster paid the price for sacking Matt O’Conner without having an alternative candidate ready to take the reigns. The speed at which the province moved to cast aside the Australian was in complete contrast to their fruitless search to find a replacement. Throughout the …

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Ruan Pienaar Signs Three Year Deal With Top 14 Club

Ulster Rugby v Leicester Tigers - European Rugby Champions Cup

The IRFU blocked Ulster’s attempt to extend Ruan Pienaar’s contract. Despite all of the protests, online petitions and newspaper articles, Ruan Pienaar will leave Ulster this season and join Montpellier on a three year deal. Although the scrum half wanted to remain at Ravenhill for the foreseeable future, the IRFU’s succession policy put an end to any such aspirations, leaving Ulster …

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Pro 12 Review – Top Irish Performers Of Week 1

Last weekend marked the beginning of a new season for Irish Rugby as the provinces were back in action for the first time since May. Glasgow Warriors avenged last year’ semi-final defeat to Connacht by throttling the defending champions 41-5 in Galway, while Munster, Leinster and Ulster all opened up their campaigns with opening weekend wins. To kick off the first …

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Ruan Pienaar’s Availability Stokes Interest Of Premiership Club

Ruan Pienaar will leave Ulster at the end of the season. Ulster fans were left in a state of shock this week, when the IRFU stamped their authority over the province by refusing to sanction an extension of Ruan Pienaar’s contract. Since joining Ulster in 2010, the South African scrum half has become an iconic figure among supporters, who vented …

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IRFU Release Statement On Ruan Pienaar

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 11: Ruan Pienaar of Ulster during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 rugby game at Kingspan Stadium on December 11, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Despite the best efforts of both player and club, Ruan Pienaar’s playing days at the northern province are now numbered. The South African has established himself as a real leader in the Ulster squad since arriving to Belfast in 2010. Scoring 777 points in 118 games Pienaar’s record speaks for itself. However, due to the IRFU succession policy Pienaar must …

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What Constitutes A Good Season For Irish Rugby?

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 5, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/3/2016 Ireland vs Scotland A general view of the Ireland team Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

There’s arguably no better time to be an Irish rugby supporter than at the start of a new season. Late March and mid-May are occasional contenders if Ireland or an Irish team are in contention for a major honour, but for the most part the start of a new season is the best time to be an Irish rugby fan. The …

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Ulster Confirm Departure Of Ruan Pienaar

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 11: Ruan Pienaar of Ulster during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 rugby game at Kingspan Stadium on December 11, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Ruan Pienaar is set to move to the Top 14. Despite Ulster’s best attempts to retain the services of Ruan Pienaar, the Irish province have this morning confirmed that they have been unable to extend his contract. Pienaar has become a crowd favourite at the Kingspan Stadium since joining Ulster in 2010, however due to the IRFU’s strict policy on renewing the contracts …

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Ruan Pienaar Linked With A Move To Top 14 Side

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 11: Ruan Pienaar of Ulster during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 rugby game at Kingspan Stadium on December 11, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

According to reports today in France, Montpellier are sizing up the aquisition of Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar. The South African international is out of contract with the Irish province in June. Rugbyrama.fr are suggesting that the southern French side are keen to find a new number nine, and Pienaar tops their list. With 135 points in 88 tests for the …

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